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This is a list about the best submarine movies. Who doesn't love a good submarine film? Be honest. You know that whenever you see a trailer for a new submarine movie or hear about a great submarine movie you've never seen before that you get super excited and you feel like your head is about to implode... from the pressure. That's a submarine joke. Water. ...Depth.

From some of the top submarine movies like The Hunt For Red October, and Crimson Tide, to all-time great submarine movies like Das Boot, this list has everything you'll need to satisfy your insatiable need for input on the most famous submarine movies.

The amount of times the word "submarine" appears in this list description is not an accident. Submarines are awesome (they go underwater, and there are people in them, and they are basically magic, and they shoot rockets and win wars!) and they deserve to be talked about more.

Thankfully, Hollywood agrees. Please enjoy this list of the best submarine movies of all time. 

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Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Wolfgang Petersen Das Boot is a 1981 German epic war film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus ...more

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The Hunt for Red October is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
John McTiernan The Hunt for Red October is a 1990 American action thriller film based on Tom Clancy's novel of the same name. It was directed by John McTiernan and stars Sean Connery as Captain Marko Ramius ...more

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Run Silent, Run Deep is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Robert Wise Run Silent, Run Deep is a 1958 film starring Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, based on the novel of the same name by Commander Edward L. Beach, Jr.. The title refers to "silent ...more

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1,003 198
The Enemy Below is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Dick Powell Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Enemy Below is a 1957 war film which tells the story of the battle between the captain of an American destroyer escort and the commander of a German U-boat during World War II. The movie ...more

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Crimson Tide is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Tony Scott Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine action film directed by Tony Scott, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. It takes place during a period of political turmoil in the Russian ...more

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U-571 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Jonathan Mostow U-571 is a 2000 war film directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Thomas Kretschmann, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Noseworthy, Will Estes and Tom Guiry. ...more

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1,010 284
K-19: The Widowmaker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Kathryn Bigelow K-19: The Widowmaker is a 2002 submarine thriller film about the first of many disasters that befell the Soviet submarine K-19. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and stars Harrison Ford ...more

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Down Periscope is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
David S. Ward Down Periscope is a 1996 20th Century Fox comedy film produced by Robert Lawrence and directed by David S. Ward, starring Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly and Rob Schneider and co-starring Bruce ...more

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Ice Station Zebra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
John Sturges Ice Station Zebra is a 1968 cold-war era suspense and espionage film directed by John Sturges, starring Rock Hudson, Patrick McGoohan, Ernest Borgnine, and Jim Brown. The screenplay by Alistair ...more

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Operation Petticoat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Blake Edwards Operation Petticoat is a 1959 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, and starring Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. It was the basis for a television series in 1977 starring John Astin in Grant's ...more

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512 231
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Richard Fleischer 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a 1954 American Technicolor adventure film starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre. It was the first CinemaScope science fiction film and ...more

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The Abyss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
James Cameron The Abyss is a 1989 American science fiction-adventure film written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. When an American submarine ...more

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Destination Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Delmer Daves Destination Tokyo is a 1943 submarine war film. It was directed by Delmer Daves and written by Daves, former submariner Steve Fisher and Albert Maltz, and stars Cary Grant and John Garfield with ...more

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Torpedo Run is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Joseph Pevney Torpedo Run is a 1958 American war film directed by Joseph Pevney. It was filmed in Metrocolor CinemaScope, and it stars Glenn Ford as a World War II submarine commander in the Pacific who is ...more

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Up Periscope is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Gordon Douglas Up Periscope is a 1959 World War II drama starring James Garner as a U.S. Navy Frogman fighting the Japanese. The supporting cast includes Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin, and Alan Hale, Jr.. The ...more

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Operation Pacific is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
George Waggner Operation Pacific is a 1951 World War II submarine film starring John Wayne and Patricia Neal, featuring Ward Bond and Philip Carey and directed by George Waggner. The technical advisor for this ...more

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Gray Lady Down is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Greg Whitcoe added David Greene Gray Lady Down is a 1978 disaster film by Universal Studios starring Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, and is the feature film debut of Christopher Reeve. It ...more

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On the Beach is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Stanley Kramer On the Beach is a 1957 post-apocalyptic novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute after he emigrated to Australia. The novel details the experiences of a mixed group of people in ...more

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The Spy Who Loved Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Lewis Gilbert The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the ...more

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The Hunley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
John Gray The Hunley is a 1999 television movie directed by John Gray and starring Armand Assante, Donald Sutherland, Alex Jennings, Michael Dolan and Christopher Bauer. The film is based on the true ...more

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We Dive at Dawn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Pete Chilcott added Anthony Asquith We Dive at Dawn is a 1943 war film directed by Anthony Asquith, starring John Mills and Eric Portman as Royal Navy submariners in the Second World War. It was written by Val Valentine and J. B. ...more

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The Bedford Incident is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
William C Sallai added James B. Harris The Bedford Incident is a 1965 Anglo-American Cold War film starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, and co-produced by Richard Widmark. The cast also features Eric Portman, James MacArthur, ...more

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Hell and High Water is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Samuel Fuller Hell and High Water is a 1954 Cold War drama film starring Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi and Victor Francen. The film was made to showcase CinemaScope being used in the confined sets of a ...more

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The League of Extraordinary Ge... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Stephen Norrington The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, also promoted as LXG, is a 2003 superhero film loosely based on the first volume of the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan ...more

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Voyage to the Bottom of the Se... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Irwin Allen Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an American science fiction film, produced and directed by Irwin Allen, released by 20th Century Fox in 1961. The story was written by Irwin Allen and Charles ...more

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zi... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Wes Anderson The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Wes Anderson. It is Anderson's fourth feature length film, released in the U.S. ...more

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Below is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
David Twohy Below is a 2002 World War II horror film directed by David Twohy. It was written by Lucas Sussman, Darren Aronofsky and David Twohy, and stars Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Matthew Davis, ...more

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Above Us the Waves is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Pete Chilcott added Ralph Thomas Above Us the Waves is a 1955 British war film directed by Ralph Thomas, about human torpedo and midget submarine attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz. It is based on two true-life attacks on ...more

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Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
George Dunning Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music of the Beatles. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United ...more

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Phantom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Todd Robinson Phantom is a 2012 adventure thriller film written and directed by Todd Robinson.

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The Land That Time Forgot is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Kevin Connor The Land That Time Forgot is a 1975 fantasy/adventure film based upon the 1924 novel The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The screenplay was written by Michael Moorcock. The film ...more

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Hostile Waters is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
David Drury Hostile Waters is a British 1997 television film about the loss of the Soviet Navy's K-219, a Yankee I class nuclear ballistic missile sub. The film stars Rutger Hauer as the commander of K-219 ...more

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59 51
Black Sea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
HåkanNorberg added Kevin Macdonald Black Sea is a 2014 British adventure thriller film directed by Kevin Macdonald, written by Dennis Kelly, and starring Jude Law. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 5 December 2014 ...more

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In Enemy Hands is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
HåkanNorberg added Tony Giglio In Enemy Hands aka "U-Boat", is a World War II submarine film released in 2004, starring William H. Macy, Til Schweiger, Scott Caan and Lauren Holly.

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Hunter Killer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Hunter Killer Donovan Marsh Hunter Killer is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Donovan Marsh, based on the novel Firing Point by Don Keith & George Wallace. An untested American submarine captain (Gerard ...more

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Submerged is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Anthony Hickox Submerged is a 2005 American action film written and directed by Anthony Hickox, and starring Steven Seagal, William Hope, Vinnie Jones and Christine Adams. The film was released on ...more

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Lorelei: The Witch of the Paci... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Submarine Movies Of All Time
Shinji Higuchi Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean is a 2005 Japanese film directed by Shinji Higuchi. A fictional story of the Japanese military saving Tokyo from the third atomic bomb during the waning ...more